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Arno Kortschot

Arno Kortschot received his training in sculpting and spatial design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kampen, The Netherlands. Receiving a BFA from the ArtEz Academy for Visual Arts, CABK in 1990, Kortschot has exhibited his work across the Netherlands in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in art fairs in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He has been commissioned for a number of private and public collections, most recently for The Sanders Collection, Haarlem, The Netherlands, Feb. 2014.

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Kortschot searches for the connection of form and material in relation to the environment. In his search he developed a strong ability to place sculptures as a high conceptual and spatial visualization in a natural way. The geometric shapes are made up of a mix of architectural elements with the rhythms of nature, making these minimal forms seem related to flowers and calyces. His affection to minimalism however, created a strong urge to fill spaces with objects that were stripped of all meaning and therefore, purely a spatial concept. Inspired by the history of geometric abstraction that can be found in both art and architecture of his native country, he started to make blocks that were meticulously placed or hung, thereby forcing the audience to take a strategic position to understand his or her place in relation to the space and to the object.

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Arno Kortschot received his training in sculpting and spatial design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kampen, The Netherlands. Receiving a BFA from the ArtEz Academy for Visual Arts, CABK in 1990, Kortschot has exhibited his work across the Netherlands in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in art fairs in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He has been commissioned for a number of private and public collections, most recently for The Sanders Collection, Haarlem, The Netherlands, Feb. 2014. Kortschot searches for the connection of form and material in relation to the environment. In his search he developed a strong ability to place sculptures as a high conceptual and spatial visualization in a natural way. The geometric shapes are made up of a mix of architectural elements with the rhythms of nature, making these minimal forms seem related to flowers and calyces. His affection to minimalism however, created a strong urge to fill spaces with objects that were stripped of all meaning and therefore, purely a spatial concept. Inspired by the history of geometric abstraction that can be found in both art and architecture of his native country, he started to make blocks that were meticulously placed or hung, thereby forcing the audience to take a strategic position to understand his or her place in relation to the space and to the object.

Arno Kortschot received his training in sculpting and spatial design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kampen, The Netherlands. Receiving a BFA from the ArtEz Academy for Visual Arts, CABK in 1990, Kortschot has exhibited his work across the Netherlands in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in art fairs in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He has been commissioned for a number of private and public collections, most recently for The Sanders Collection, Haarlem, The Netherlands, Feb. 2014. Kortschot searches for the connection of form and material in relation to the environment. In his search he developed a strong ability to place sculptures as a high conceptual and spatial visualization in a natural way. The geometric shapes are made up of a mix of architectural elements with the rhythms of nature, making these minimal forms seem related to flowers and calyces. His affection to minimalism however, created a strong urge to fill spaces with objects that were stripped of all meaning and therefore, purely a spatial concept. Inspired by the history of geometric abstraction that can be found in both art and architecture of his native country, he started to make blocks that were meticulously placed or hung, thereby forcing the audience to take a strategic position to understand his or her place in relation to the space and to the object.

Arno Kortschot Born in Velp, The Netherlands.
Lives and works in Vancouver B.C., Canada

 Education

1990 B.F.A. ArtEz, Academy for Visual Arts, CABK, “Costantijn Huijgens” Kampen, The Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions

2016            William Campbell Contemporary Art, Forth Worth, USA (upcoming)
2014            Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, Canda
2008            Gallery Nine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007            Gallery Nine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2002            Gallery Pimm van der Donk, Hamburg, Germany
2001            Singer museum, Laren, The Netherlands
1998            Gallery Nine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997            Gallery Van Wijngaarden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1996            MK Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1993            MK Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1993             Nederlandse Kredietbank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1992            MK Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1992            Gallery Van Wijngaarden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Exhibitions

2013            Gallery Nine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011            “Kunst op Kamers”, De Rijp, The Netherlands
2010            Duthie Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
2009            Duthie Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
2006            Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
2004            “Werkplaatsen”, De Rijp, The Netherlands
2004            “Kunst op Kamers”, De Rijp, The Netherlands
2003            Gallery Intermezzo, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
2003            Gallery Phoebus, “ladenkast project”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2003            Gallery Nine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000            Gallery De Dilcht, Haren, The Netherlands
1995            Kunsthal MK Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1993            Kunstbeurs MK Gallery, Knokke, België
1992            Carter Presidential Centre, Atlanta, USA
1991            Hof van Beelden, Botanical Gardens, Utrecht, The Netherlands
1991            Gemeentehuis Zwolle, The Netherlands
1988            Gallery Het Laaghuis, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Art Fairs

2017     Dallas Art Fair, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2016     Context Miami, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Miami FL , USA,
2016     Context New York, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, New York, NY , USA,
2016     Dallas Art Fair, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2015     Dallas Art Fair, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2015     RAW ART, Rotterdam, Gallery NINE, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015     Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, USA
2014     Toronto International Art Fair, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014     Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Palm Springs, USA
2014     RAW ART, Rotterdam, Gallery NINE, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2013     Context Miami, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Miami FL , USA,
2013     Toronto International Art Fair, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2013     Kunst Rai (Art Amsterdam), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013     RAW ART, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2012     Art Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2003     KunstRai (Art Amsterdam), Gallery Nine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1999    KunstRai (Art Amsterdam), Gallery Nine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1993     KunstRai (Art Amsterdam), Gallery Van Wijngaarden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Public Works

2014            “Architectural Solutions”, Sanders Collection, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2007            “Object with Light”, (Indoor Sculpture) Private Commission, Vancouver, Canada
2005            “Colum”, (Indoor Sculpture) Private Commission, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2004            “Benches”, (Outdoor Sculpture) Public Commission, Province Noord Holland, The Netherlands
2003            “Mailbox”, (Outdoor Sculpture) Private Commission, Rijnsaterwoude, The Netherlands
2000            “Public Commission”, (Outdoor Sculpture) Province Zwolle, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Arno Kortschot Sculptures Press Release: Download PDF

Kortschot searches for the connection of form and material in relation to both natural and man made environments. The geometric shapes employed by the artist are a reflection of both architectural elements and the rhythms and colors of Nature. His affection for minimalism creates a strong urge to fill spaces with objects that are stripped of all meaning to exist purely as a spatial concept. Inspired by the history of geometric abstraction that can be found in the art and architecture of his native country, The Netherlands, Kortschot creates sculptures that are meticulously placed side by side, are free standing, or lean at an angle against a wall. Kortschot shapes his ideas into sculptures with bright color and often with a repetition of the same shapes together. In some works, he has incorporated LED light to allow the form to glow with color from the inside out. In others, a slight tension exists where the sculptures almost touch. Shadow play is integral to the entire reading of all his installations.

The painstaking craftsmanship of straight lines and angles is embraced with an artistic style in which materiality is central to Kortschot’s work, zinc being his primary medium. The patina of zinc, created over time through air, the environment, and also especially by a person’s touch, brings out the unique character and is considered as part of the art. Kortschot sees his chosen medium having a timeless and imperfect character enabling the sculptures to blend with the work’s surroundings, allowing the viewing of his art as a visceral, physical experience.

Biography 

Dutch born, Vancouver BC based minimalist sculptural artist Arno Kortschot, received A BFA in sculpting and spatial design from the ArtEz Academy for Visual Arts, CABK in 1990, Kortschot has exhibited his work across the Netherlands in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in art fairs in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He has been commissioned for a number of private and public art collections, notably The Sanders Collection, Haarlem, The Netherlands, Feb. 2014. Inspired by the history of geometric abstraction that can be found in the art and architecture of his native country, the clean line shapes of Kortschot’s sculptures are a reflection of both architectural elements and the rhythms and colors of Nature. His affection for minimalism creates a strong urge to fill spaces with objects that are stripped of all meaning to exist purely as a spatial concept. In some works, he has incorporated LED light to allow the form to glow with color from the inside out. In others, a slight tension exists where the sculptures almost touch. Shadow play is integral to the entire reading of wall mounted and free standing installations.

Publications

2008            “Collect”, Dutch magazine
2007            “Western Living”, Canadian magazine
2006            “Western Living”, Canadian magazine
2005            “Vancouver Sun”, newspaper Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004            “Werkplaatsen”, Cataloque exhibition, De Rijp, The Netherlands
2004            “Kunst op Kamers”, Cataloque exhibition, De Rijp, The Netherlands
2004            “BK Informatie”, art info magazine, The Netherlands
2004            “Noord Hollands Dagblad”, newspaper, The Netherlands
2003            “Art NL”, art magazine, The Netherlands
2001            “Elle”, living magazine, The Netherlands
2000            “Avro’s Kunstblik”, TV Show, The Netherlands
1991            “Hof van Beelden”, exhibition cataloque, The Netherlands


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